All participants should be at the parade starting area (Malvern Fire House) by 1 pm. Decorated bicycle contestants, youth sports teams, Scouts and Indian Guides/ Princesses should gather at the intersection of King Rd. and Ruthland Ave.

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2016 Parade: June 5



Malvern, PA to Host Oldest Memorial Parade in America

On Sunday June 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm, The Upper Main Line Memorial Association will sponsor the 148th Annual Memorial Parade in the Borough of Malvern, Chester County, PA.

Recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Parade in America, the Parade is expected to include at least eight bands, military color guards, military and antique vehicles, floats, fire trucks and a decorated bicycle procession.

The Parade route will again follow King Street from the Malvern Fire Station west to Warren Avenue, south to Monument Avenue then west to the Memorial Park.

On Saturday, June 4th: 9:00AM (registration begins at 8:00AM) there will be the 6th annual 5K Cross Country "Run For Freedom" Race, a 1 Mile Run/Walk and a Kids' Fun Run (starting at 9:45AM). Proceeds from the Run for Freedom will support a medically discharged Marine, who has suffered multiple injuries and has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More information about the Kids' Fun Run and the 5K Run is available on their Facebook page.

Then, at 5PM (tentative) on Saturday the 3rd Annual Community Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by Growing Roots Partners (the organizers of the Malvern Farmers Market) will be held in Memorial Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the dinner and will not be available Saturday evening. Tickets can be purchased starting in May and will be available Saturdays at the Malvern Farmers Market or at the National Bank of Malvern. Following the dinner will be a free concert by the Chester County Concert Band, also in the park. Visit the Malvern Farmers Market website or their Facebook page for more information.

On Sunday during the Memorial Ceremony we will once again take a moment to remember and pay tribute to those who have defended our freedom or simply may deserve our gratitude by encouraging those in attendance to place a ribbon on the Malvern Tree of Honor.

For many, the highlight activity is the ever popular old-fashioned Community Cake Walk which will be held after the Parade and Memorial Ceremony.

Details regarding other special events that weekend will be posted on our Facebook page as they are finalized. Please be sure to “friend” us to get all the information! As always there will be food and restroom facilities, so everyone is invited to come bring a chair or blanket, enjoy the Parade and park festivities!

All of the events take place in Memorial Park, on Monument Ave. in Malvern. In the unlikely event of rain, there is no rain date for the parade or any of the activities. The Run for Freedom will be held rain or shine. Except for the 5K Run and the Community Dinner, there is no charge to attend any of the activities and all are welcome.

The Paoli-Berwyn-Malvern Chapter of the Lions Club will be selling refreshments in the park and will be collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids. Please bring your unused glasses and drop them off at the Lion's stand. For more information visit the Lions Club website.


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For more information, call Frank Ortner (610) 647-2577 or Richard Lee (610) 647-3084. Or email us at:


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